Gum disease is one of the most common issues a periodontics deals with. Also known as periodontal disease, it is caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar making their way beneath the gum line. Plaque is the sticky film that builds up on teeth after meals. Bacteria in the mouth make it, and it…
When Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that indicate they may become problematic to the person’s oral health, appearance or functionality. In these instances, a dentist may recommend having the wisdom teeth removed to prevent or treat any concerns.
When wisdom teeth removal is necessary
By gaining more of an understanding about when a dentist might recommend a patient have their wisdom teeth removed, you can make a more informed decision about visiting the dentist. The more notable signs that indicate wisdom teeth removal might be necessary are outlined below.
Impacted wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the wisdom teeth (third molars) do not come all the way through inside of the mouth. Not all impacted wisdom teeth create oral health concerns but many do. Wisdom teeth may become impacted if they do not have an adequate amount of room to grow in or if they try to emerge sideways as opposed to upright. Impacted wisdom teeth may need removal if they lead to gum complications, jaw pain and swelling, or if they push up against the second molars and cause pain or teeth shifting.
Press against other teeth
As mentioned above, impacted wisdom teeth can press up against the second molars. However, teeth that emerge through the gums can do so, as well. Anytime wisdom teeth push up against other teeth, they cause an issue and will likely require removal to solve the concern. This can lead to overcrowding, which can cause teeth to shift and affect the straightness of teeth and overall appearance. Overcrowding can also make it far more difficult to brush all areas of teeth, leading to an increased risk of cavities. It can also make eating more difficult, as well.
Increased risk of cavities
Wisdom teeth that push up against the second molars and cause overcrowding can increase the risk of cavities, but there are other instances where wisdom teeth may not be overcrowded but still can increase the risk of cavities. In fact, many develop cavities on the wisdom teeth themselves, which raises the risk of a tooth infection. If the dentist feels as if the wisdom teeth create an oral health concern, then they will require removal.
Chronic pain and swelling
One of the more common reasons for wisdom teeth removal is chronic pain and discomfort. Wisdom teeth that come through naturally will cause some discomfort to the gums, but it is generally tolerable and does not last for an extended period of time. However, teeth that come through improperly may cause chronic or severe pain and swelling. If the pain or swelling exists for more than a couple of weeks or becomes intolerable, then the dentist may recommend removing the wisdom teeth.
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